A total shutdown of the country's ports is planned for tomorrow. Members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union will be downing tools. One of their grievances is the salary discrepancy between black and white port workers. #eNCA
JOHANNESBURG - Members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) are planning a total shutdown of the country's ports on Thursday.
The strike is over salary discrepancies between black and white port workers.
Negotiations between the union and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) broke down last week.
"We've been negotiating with them for quite a while and so last week we had two meetings after a certificate was issued that we can go on strike they said to us wait," said Satawu spokesperson, Zanele Sabela.
"We said to them, let's get a third party to come in here investigate this issue and make then recommendations....they [TNPA] weren't willing to do that so unfortunately, we don't have another option but to go on strike," Sabela said.